Friday, October 16, 2009

art that you can't see, hear, touch, taste or smell

It has been said that anything humans create can be considered "art." But what about nothing?

This week the Tate Modern (art museum) in London unveiled its newest work of art: a large container of darkness. That's right. The work of art is 40 feet of pitch black nothing. The cylinder that contains the art has absolutely no light at all-- because the no-light is the art.

Artist Miroslaw Balka, said that the darkness is a metaphor for life. In an extraordinarily unclear explanation of what that means, Balka said, "Sometimes you meet a person who seems strange to you at first but then you get to know them and they become your friend."

The explanation on the Tate Modern website says that the darkness represents the familiar and the unknown, the creation of your own journey. The art is officially called "How it Is."

People who would like to see (or in this case, not see) this work of art, will find it on display until April 5, 2010.

Or, if you can't go to London, you may experience something similar by placing a bag over your head in a dark room. [www_ananova_com]

for some truly amazing art (by Guido Danielle, Liu Bolin, Alyssa Monks and others) and some truly horrible art (like the off/on exhibit, the Museum of Bad Art, and the head lice exhibit) click the "art" label below or on the label cloud.

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